President of the Board
The Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple's mission is to promote individual peace of mind, compassion for all beings, spiritual growth, and an ethical way of life based on Buddhist principles.
Through loving kindness meditation and the development of mindfulness, we strive to enlighten individuals as to the cause of suffering, the path leading to the cessation of suffering, and an understanding of the true nature of our existence. Learn More...
The Blue Lotus Temple is constructed of many people all working together to make things work; however there has always been a key figure amongst all this. Bhante Sujatha is not only the creator of the Blue Lotus Temple, he is also the acting leader in both the operational and spiritual fields. At almost every event you will find Bhante Sujatha there with a smile on his face and an aura to sooth and uplift all.
The Temple is open and attended:
Monday 8 am-8 pm
Tuesday 8 am-7 pm
Wednesday 8 am-8 pm
Thursday 8 am-7 pm
Friday 8 am-5 pm
Saturday 8 am–5 pm
Monday 7-8 pm (30 minutes guided meditation and 30 minutes of dhamma talk)
Tuesday 10-11 am (30 minutes guided meditation and 30 minutes dhamma talk)
Tuesday 6-6:45 pm (30 minutes non-guided meditation and 15 minutes chanting)
Wednesday 7-8 pm (30 minutes guided meditation and 30 minutes of dhamma talk)
Thursday 6-6:45 pm (30 minutes non-guided meditation and 15 minutes chanting)
Saturday 10-11 am (30 minutes guided meditation and 30 minutes dhamma talk)
Buddhism and Meditation Practice are relatively new to many people. We’ve done our best to answer some of the most common questions. Browse our Frequently Asked Questions Here…
The Blue Lotus Temple is constructed of many people all working together. Click the tabs below to learn more about Bhante Sujatha, other resident monks, a resident nun (Bhikkhuni), and find a list of some of the people that donate their personal time to keep the temple running.
The Blue Lotus Temple is constructed of many people all working together to make things work; however there has always been a key figure amongst all this. Bhante Sujatha is not only the creator of the Blue Lotus Temple, he is also spiritual director. At almost every event you will find Bhante Sujatha there with a smile on his face and an aura to sooth and uplift all. Learn more here.
Tyler helped start the first Refuge Recovery meeting in Illinois, and Refuge Recovery now has meetings every day of the week somewhere around chicagoland. Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path.
Refuge Recovery is a nonprofit organization. It is our mission to build an extensive and comprehensive network of Refuge Recovery groups, meetings, and communities that practice, educate, and provide Buddhist teachings and meditations for anyone seeking recovery from addiction. Our current goal is to raise the funds needed to produce specialized literature and resources for the greater community and to support the infrastructure of the nonprofit.
Read a feature in the Chicago Tribune about Tyler's work in the Chicago area here.
Buddhist groups around Chicago offer another path to sobriety - Chicago Tribune
Tyler has also written about Refuge Recovery on his blog, Posts from the Path:
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Founding Board Member, Former Treasurer, Former President, Former Executive Director
In 2002, Tyler joined a community effort to spearhead a massive fundraising effort to save the historic Dole Mansion from being torn down. Coined the Lakeside Legacy Project, the community generously gave over one million dollars in just 42 days to enable the formation of the Lakeside Legacy Foundation, meeting a deadline to purchase the property and save it from demolition.
Officially opened on July 4, 2005, it is owned and operated by the non-profit Lakeside Legacy Foundation, formed for the purpose of preservation, protection, and enhancement of the property. Reawakening took over two years, and several hundred thousand dollars in donations to complete.
The property has transformed into a community destination for the arts. The mansion is restored and open for tours and special events, and the first floor of the mansion as well as the Sage Gallery in the annex are now beautiful galleries for monthly First Fridays and other private events. The kitchen has been fully restored to restaurant-quality, and as well as being used for events, it also hosts culinary artists and classes for the community. The second and third floors of the annex are rented out to over 60 resident artists. Many of these artists teach classes for the community, such as the McHenry County Music Center, while others use the private studios to create their works.
In 2012, the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park received a generous gift that allowed for the creation of the Listening Room, a concert hall with the intimacy of a house concert but the quality of a large performance venue. With state of the art equipment and sound, it truly is enjoyable for both the performer and the audience.